I am a fully qualified Maths teacher.
I have 22 years experience as a private Maths tutor, teaching all ages from Primary to adult, with the major focus on GCSEs.
All of the students I taught passed their GCSEs successfully.
I have also taught for 10 years in a large Pupil Referral Unit in Lewisham. For the first 3 years, I worked exclusively with SEN students, which I loved. It is so satisfying being able to instil a love of Maths into previously disengaged students. These students had a wide range of needs ( complex social and emotional needs, ADHD, Asperger's and Autism).
For the next 3 years, I taught Maths to Years 7-9 students. These students had a wide range of abilities.
After this, I taught GCSE students (Years 9-12) and I had a very highly successful pass rate.
Throughout my teaching career, I had 1-1 sessions with students who either needed extra help or who were preparing for exam deadlines.
I am passionate about making Maths understandable and fun, so that students who came to me with disinterest and dislike of the subject were able to come to the point where they understood the subject and felt able to succeed.
I have taught the full spectrum of ability, from those who could barely succeed in the most basic functions, to those who needed to be challenged to higher accomplishments.
I am very familiar with the new Foundation Curriculum and would prefer to teach this as opposed to the Higher Curriculum.
I retired from full-time teaching 3 years ago and since then have taught as a supply teacher in a London primary school, having two groups (one of top achievers, who were ahead of most of their classmates ) and one of students who were considered to have behavioural difficulties and were low achievers.
I have also taught GCSE Foundation Maths privately in this time (both Edexcel and AQA exam boards).
For me, my key to teaching successfully is to build a relationship with the student based on mutual trust and respect and a high level of communication. I also like to ensure that each student is given the time to fully understand a subject before moving to the next.
Lastly, I like the students to enjoy themselves!